Con O’Sullivan - an appreciation

One of Callan’s most respected, and popular residents passed to his Eternal Reward in the presence of his wife Tess, sons Denis, Brian and Niall in Strathmore Lodge Nursing Home, Callan on 8th December 2012. Con O’Sullivan was one of those characters whom one could never forget having first met him. Born in Mallardstown, Callan on 17th May 1929, he came from Kerry stock, born into the world of farming.

One of Callan’s most respected, and popular residents passed to his Eternal Reward in the presence of his wife Tess, sons Denis, Brian and Niall in Strathmore Lodge Nursing Home, Callan on 8th December 2012. Con O’Sullivan was one of those characters whom one could never forget having first met him. Born in Mallardstown, Callan on 17th May 1929, he came from Kerry stock, born into the world of farming.

He was married to Tess (O’Brien), and whilst her devotion served a dual mandate – the rearing of her three sons as a very special mother and the running of a very lucrative and successful Stationary and News Agency premises on Bridge Street for almost 40 years, Con devoted his time to farming his holding out around Kilbrahan, Kilmanagh. He also helped out in the shop when needed and was a very dedicated family man. At the early part of the new Millennium, and with their fine three sons reared, Con and Tess moved for their retiring years to The Meadows private development on Chapel Lane. They were renewing acquaintances with some of their former neighbours from Bridge Street and The Square areas of the town and that suited them quiet nicely.

Over his long years, Con found time to be a great neighbour, a willing Community worker, and during the memorable years when the iconic Fr. Jack Kennedy was putting Callan on the map single handily, people like Con O’Sullivan, together with his brother-in-law, the late Paddy O’Brien, Jack Lyons, Paddy and Jack Condon were willing acolytes to Fr. Jack’s enterprises. Fr. Jack needed willing and able Lieutenants, and the likes of the abovementioned were never too far away. Con had tremendous interest in hurling as did his wife Tess, who was incidentally, a sister of the legendary Seamus O’Brien, so very long a Secretary to the John Lockes Club during the great days of winning Minor, Junior and certainly Senior Championships with the Club.

As a farming neighbour, Con was always available to give a helping hand. His neighbours the Ryalls (Oliver Ryall RIP), Marnell’s (Red and Black Johnny), Dermody’s, Robinsons, Phelans (Late Mr & Mrs Bill Phelan RIP), Butlers, Cashins to mention but a few reciprocated in like fashion, and even though relationships might have been somewhat strained whenever the Lockes and Ballycallan unsheathed their swords, nevertheless a tremendous bond of neighbourliness was the order of the day over a very long time of sharing their collective abilities. Con enjoyed the friendship and hospitality of all of his neighbours, and ‘tis many an hour he spent discussing hurling, farming, and World affairs with the always interesting O’Neills of Westcourt. Many an enjoyable trip he took to his home place in Mallardstown to Golly and Kathleen and family and in recent years to Westcourt, to Lynch’s and Somer’s also, with his loyal pet dog in tow.

He was a man of strong faith and was devoted to Christian beliefs, his Parish Church and also Brother Edmund Rice Chapel and Monastery in Westcourt were places of great significance to Con. He always attended both places with his beloved wife Tess.

At the expressed wish of Con and his family, Con’s remains were brought from Strathmore Lodge Nursing Home to his home on Sunday 9th December 2012 where he lay with his own and his many friends and neighbours overnight, before being brought to Molloy’s Funeral home on the 10th December 2012, after prayers by Fr. Willie Dalton on that Monday evening. Con’s remains were taken to the Parish Church. The Cortege was flanked by a Guard of Honour drawn from the John Lockes Hurling Club, and the Callan Golf Club. Con’s Requiem Mass was concelebrated by Fr. Dalton P.P. Callan, Monsignor M. Ryan P.P. Castlecomer, Fr. L. Cassin P.P. Hugginstown and Fr. L. Shore, Castlecomer. He was interred in Kilbride Cemetery.

Con O’Sullivan’s passing will be a source of continued grief for his wife Tess, his sons Denis, Brian and Niall, his brothers Michael, Denis (Golly) and Humphrey his sisters Mary, Ter and Eileen his daughters-in law Liz, Annette and Breda and his much loved grandchildren Aoife, Conor, Alisha and Cian, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews. His neighbours will miss him and his friends too will all be at a loss for his passing, because decent people like Con O’Sullivan are increasingly becoming a threatened species.

Ar dheis De go raibh a ainm dilis.